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Milwaukee Hopes Cheese Brine Is Cheap Road De-Icer

Wisconsin knows this well: When you make more than 2 billion pounds of cheese a year it creates the salty byproduct cheese brine. Normally you discard it but folks in Milwaukee had an idea. Why not use that salty stuff to de-ice roads? It might also be better for the environment.
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Fans Keep Jimmy Stewart Museum From Closing

The 1946 Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart has a miracle ending. An angel named Clarence saves Stewart's character, George Bailey, from suicide. Now, the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Pennsylvania has gotten a reprieve. With few visitors, its doors were about to shut.
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Some UPS Deliveries Are Running Behind

UPS acknowledged Tuesday that some packages guaranteed for Christmas Eve delivery did not arrive at their destinations. The world's largest parcel delivery service was overwhelmed by the volume of air packages.
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Number Of States Allowing Gay Marriage Expected To Grow

More than 38 percent of the U.S. population lives in a state in which same-sex marriage is legal. That's a much more revealing number than the figure usually discussed: 18 states plus Washington D.C. In the coming years, that number is expected to increase dramatically.
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U.S. Catholics Invigorated By Pope Francis' First Year

Pope Francis has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year. But what do American Catholics make of their widely-praised new pope? Most people like how he accepts everybody that wants to be part of the church.
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In Texas, Pancho Claus Steals Spotlight From Santa

There's been a big controversy this holiday season over the race of Santa Claus. It was sparked after a Fox News commentator said both Santa and Jesus were white. But in Texas there's a longstanding tradition of a Hispanic Santa Claus, and in Houston he's known as Pancho Claus.
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AmEx Settles With Feds Over Add-On Products

American Express has agreed to pay a $16 million fine and issue nearly $60 million in customer refunds. The settlement with the federal government involves allegations that AmEx misrepresented the value of add-on services, such as identity theft protection.
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Las Vegas Poker Player Reunited With Lost $300,000

A taxi driver in Las Vegas first thought the brown bag on the backseat contained chocolate. As it turned out, it was filled with something even sweeter. Six thick bundles of $100 bills. The driver handed the bag in to his office which tracked down the passenger, a well-known poker player.
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Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript

Everybody knows Rudolph was the last reindeer to join Santa's crew, but few people know about the department store employee who brought his story to the world. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written by Robert L. May, a copywriter for Montgomery Ward, who, like his protagonist, had always felt like a bit of an outcast.
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Why We Hold Tight To Our Family's Holiday Food Traditions

We asked for stories of the holiday food traditions your family cherishes. And we learned that many of you are reviving special dishes this year to pay tribute to your heritage and ancestors.

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